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Astral chooses to take the acquisitive route

Astral Foods, the "big bird" of the local poultry sector, is on the prowl for acquisitions that will boost growth but warned hostile takeover attempts would not fly...

By Marc Hasenfuss

Some provinces struggling to cope with rocketing food costs

The Rand's diminished buying power together with a prolonged drought has left certain provinces struggling to keep up with rocketing food costs...

Prof Elain Vlok on Clover's self-sustaining CSI model

The annual Clover Mama Afrika Smarties Week, Clover's flagship CSI programme, took place in Johannesburg last week, from Sunday, 31 January to Friday, 5 February, including an awards evening for rewarding the mamas' previous years' work and commitment to their respective communities...

By Jessica Taylor

Sovereign blocks rival in BEE scheme

Poultry group Sovereign Food Investments has tweaked its controversial black economic empowerment (BEE) deal, thereby saving a bundle in costs and precluding a competitor from "grossly abusing" an appraisal rights mechanism...

By Marc Hasenfuss

Marketers, don't eat your words - food labelling, copyright and compliance with the ASA

Do you know which legally compliant food labelling factors to keep in mind when developing and conceptualising trademarks, brand names and related content on packaging for foodstuffs?...

Issued by Knowledge Resources

Relying on imports to feed the nation

The ongoing El Niño has resulted in far below-average rainfall and very high temperatures in Southern Africa, adversely affecting agriculture in the region...

By Sindy Peters

Simba roars and 'copycat' comes up with crumbs

A small local potato crisp manufacturer has to change its logo and packaging after Simba Chips accused it of being a copycat...

Acquisition to broaden Barloworld Transport's specialised offerings

In a strategic business move, Barloworld Transport recently acquired 51% of leading refrigerated transport company Aspen Logistic Services...

Game, set, Brand Match!

Adrian Naude, Pick n Pay's marketing director, explains why John Robbie was selected as a specific ambassador to investigate the efficacy of the 'Brand Match' promise...

By Leigh Andrews

All is fair in coffee, chocolate and wine

Globally, without a doubt, consumers are moving towards a much greater ethical awareness of their purchasing power. South Africans are now putting their money where their values are...

By Arianna Baldo

Tops at Spar rebrands

The liquor outlet of Spar, Tops at Spar, has rebranded its logo to align with other brands in the Spar group mother brands, Superspar, Spar and Kwikspar...

Fairtrade sweetens SA sugar industry

South Africa's first Fairtrade certified crop of cane sugar became available in December 2015. Fairtrade is not a charity or an aid system, but rather an innovative business model...

Soft drinks industry faces headwinds of increasing, shifting health concerns

CHICAGO - According to Euromonitor International's hot and soft drinks industry research, released yesterday, the global hot drinks industry performed well, achieving slight improvement over growth in 2014...

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